2018 NFL MVP Odds – Rodgers, Brady, Wentz Lead the Way

aaron-rodgersTom Brady captured his third-career MVP award last season. The 41-year-old defied time by passing for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns, and a 66.3% completion rate. He also led the New England Patriots to their second-straight Super Bowl appearance.

Brady was aided by key injuries to other potential MVP candidates. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers played in just seven games, suffering a season-ending collarbone injury.

Many considered Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz to be the MVP frontrunner. He racked up 3,296 passing yards and 33 touchdowns before tearing his ACL 13 games into the season.

It’s little surprise that these three quarterbacks lead the way in our current GTBets MVP odds Check out the full odds below along with analysis on the top candidates.

Betting Odds on 2018 NFL MVP

Below you can see the current GTBets odds on who’ll win the MVP award this year. Keep in mind that these odds are removed and added on a regular basis leading up to the start of the regular season:

  • carson-wentz-eaglesAaron Rodgers +450
  • Tom Brady +600
  • Carson Wentz +1000
  • Drew Brees +1200
  • Deshaun Watson +1400
  • Andrew Luck +2000
  • Jimmy Garoppolo +2000
  • Kirk Cousins +2000
  • Russell Wilson +2000
  • Cam Newton +2500
  • Matt Ryan +2500
  • Philip Rivers +2500
  • Todd Gurley +2500
  • Ben Roethlisberger +3000
  • Matt Stafford +3000
  • Le’Veon Bell +3000
  • Ezekiel Elliott +3500
  • Jared Goff +3500
  • Dak Prescott +4000
  • Derek Carr +4000
  • Marcus Mariota +4000
  • David Johnson +4500
  • Alex Smith +5000
  • Antonio Brown +5000
  • Jameis Winston +6000
  • Case Keenum +7500

Analysis on Leading 2018 NFL MVP Candidates

Aaron Rodgers +450

Rodgers was having another strong season when he got hurt in the Packers’ seventh game. But his interceptions (6) were a little high at the time by his standards. No. 12 is no doubt a strong MVP candidate year in and year out. But do the Pack have enough weapons to help Rodgers play his best?

tom-brady-vs-brownsTom Brady +600

Brady didn’t have the same unworldy touchdown-to-interception ratio that he had in 2016, when he tossed 28 TDs against just 2 interceptions. However, he certainly did enough to turn in a legitimate MVP season. Brady continues beating Father Time thanks to his strict regimen under Alex Guerrero. That said, he’s not a bad bet at +600.

Carson Wentz +1000

Wentz was likely headed for an MVP award in just his second season. But the 25-year-old tore his ACL in December and may not be available right away. Given that Wentz is unlikely to be ready by Week 1, he could start off the MVP race in the hole. Therefore, it makes sense that his odds are at +1000.

drew-breesDrew Brees +1200

The Saints used their talented running backs, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, quite a bit last season. Consequently, Drew Brees’ numbers of 4,334 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions weren’t as gaudy as in previous seasons. He did have a 72.0% completion rate and a 103.9 rating, though. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kamara and Ingram put up big numbers again, thus cannibalizing Brees’ MVP bid.

Deshaun Watson +1400

Watson was having a fine rookie campaign until tearing his ACL seven games into the season. He’s a dual-threat quarterback who keeps opposing defenses off guard. But he has to get better at realizing what’s an acceptable risk so that he doesn’t get hurt.

andrew-luck-injury-return-2017Andrew Luck +2000

The biggest question mark going into the 2018 MVP race is Luck. He hasn’t played a regular season snap in over a year due to a lingering shoulder injury. I doubt that he makes a serious bid for MVP this year due to rust and the Colts’ lacking roster.

Jimmy Garoppolo +2000

Garoppolo made headlines for taking adult film star Kiara Mia on a date this summer, causing some to question if his head is in the game. He gets a chance to prove the naysayers wrong in his first full season as a starter. Garoppolo has the talent to be a star. But it’s dicey betting on him as an MVP.

russell-wilson-2018-mvpRussell Wilson +2000

My favorite pick on this list is Russell Wilson (see my full analysis here). He’s going to need to do more than ever to help Seattle reach the playoffs. If they do, then look for Wilson to finish at or near the top of the voting.

Kirk Cousins +2000

Kirk Cousins gets his first legitimate chance to be an MVP candidate. He’s playing on a talented Vikings team that should perform well enough to keep Cousins in the conversation. Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph give the $84 million QB a better receiving corp than he had in Washington. Look for Cousins to emerge as a darkhorse MVP candidate.

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